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Doi Mae Salong Mountain is located in Chiang Rai province, the northernmost province of Thailand. At an elevation close to 1,800 meters, it is one of the highest peaks in the province and commands some breathtaking and far-reaching panoramic views. When the mist comes, the views change dramatically, especially at sunrise or sunset. The air is crisp, cool and refreshing all year round.

         
 
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Doi Mae Salong mountain is unlike any other area found within Thailand . The mountain is unique not only for its beautiful alpine-like landscape and climate, but also for its short, but intriguing history that has led to a distinctive and mixed population to settle there. The origins of the Mae Salong community go back to 1949. During that year, after Mao Zedong's communist party victory in China the defeated KMT army escaped to Taiwan, except for the 93rd Division.

         
They instead fled to Myanmar (Burma). From there they later on were expelled and were granted asylum in Thailand. The Thai government thought it would be a good idea to have a well trained, well armed and organized unit at the Myanmar border to stop the smuggling of opium into Thai territory. The Chinese division settled in Mae Salong, directly at the Myanmar border and built a village right onto a mountain ridge. As a result, most of the villagers today are ethnic Chinese and direct descendents of the KMT.
 
Similar to Doi Tung mountain, Doi Mae Salong mountain benefits from ideal conditions to grow High Mountain Oolong teas. The teas are cultivated at elevations ranging from 1,200 to 1,400 meters (3,960 feet to 4,620 feet). The Combination of climate and soil conditions at Doi Mae Salong mountainsides are ideal for growing great quality High Mountain Oolongs. The sharp differences in day and night temperatures allow the tea plants to grow more slowly, thus developing more aroma and sweetness while the abundant clouds and mist surrounding the mountain allow the tea leaves to absorb more moisture.